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Adverts for women: The gender agenda

A new marketing campaign by Always is the latest to stress the importance of a woman's appearance. Natalie Haynes looks at whether this is a positive strategy – or exploitative

The Media Column: British Mad Men shine amid tension in Cannes

British newspapers have long had a snooty attitude towards this country’s £20bn-a-year advertising industry. Better to avoid mentioning it all than bite the hand that feeds, might be a summary of how most editors feel, despite the fact that advertising is something the Brits are good at.

The bookmaker Paddy Power shared this image after receiving hundreds of messages from people angered by its latest stunt

Paddy Power World Cup rainforest stunt was faked ‘to raise awareness of deforestation’

Bookmaker received a furious backlash on Twitter over 'disgraceful' stunt - but says images were elaborate computer-generated fakes

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Church of Scientology advert played on ITV prompts complaints from viewers

Viewers were worried the advert was targeting vulnerable people

The Yves Saint Laurent campaign that sparked Shannon Bradley-Colleary's petition

Should Yves Saint Laurent be using 'seemingly malnourished' models? Over 45,000 signatures say 'No'

Shannon Bradley-Colleary, a blogger who writes about body image issues, has started an E-petition to convince Yves Saint Laurent’s CEO Francesca Bellettini to stop using “seemingly malnourished” models in the brand’s advertisements.

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Wonga payday loan ad banned for implying 5853% rate was 'irrelevant'

Advertising Standards Authority said TV campaign created confusion and was misleading

Sonic boom: Advertising is increasingly making use of tiny tunes to catch our attention

'Mmm, Danone." As I watch another Gok Wan-fronted advert for Activia yogurt, I know what's coming. It's always there, right at the end. "Mmm, Danone." It's a sound that usually washes over me, but I suddenly became intrigued by this pseudo-sexy appreciation of a multinational food corporation. How did it come about? Who wrote that three-note melody? How long did it take them? Do they get paid whenever it's broadcast? And if so, how much?

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Fox to charge $500,000 for 30-second advertising slot during debut of new 24 series

For Jack Bauer, the grizzled US secret agent, 24 hours is only just enough time to save the world from disaster. But even he might blanch at the value set on just 30 seconds for the new season of Fox’s cult series 24.

Last year's KFC Christmas advert pokes fun of the festive season

Colonel Sanders isn't anti-Christian! KFC advert cleared of offending Christians after 30 people complain campaign 'mocked religion'

The complainants argued that it mocked a key element of Christian worship

Gambling Bill threatened by concerns over surge in pre-watershed adverts seen by children

Concerns that a generation of children are being schooled in gambling by an explosion in television betting advertisements before the 9pm watershed have led to plans in the House of Lords to derail the Government’s Gambling Bill.

The ASA branded the Payday Pig website as 'irresponsible'

ASA bans 'Payday Pig' advert for irresponsibly trivialising borrowing

Using a cartoon pink pig to encourage you to “treat yourself and a loved one to a weekend away or a slap-up meal” is not a responsible way to flog payday loans, the Advertising Standards Authority has ruled.

Sexually suggestive e-cigarette advert banished to the late-night TV hinterlands after more than 100 viewers complain

An innuendo-laced advertisement for e-cigarettes can only be shown after 11pm because of its apparent reference to oral sex, watchdogs have ruled.

The Nude Scanner 3D app has been banned from broadcasting by the ASA

Advert for 'nude photo scanner app' banned after being shown during Hollyoaks

The app's developer, Jamster, has been forced to remove the advert from broadcasting after a number of complaints

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Same-sex parents in a Coca-Cola ad?

That's one thing to celebrate about the Super Bowl, but more brands need to see using gay characters as the norm.

The top ten: Useless advertising slogans

My aversion to buying branded drugs began in childhood with my delight at the grammatical ambiguity of 'Nothing Acts Faster than Anadin'. Designed to gloss over the awkward evidence that all analgesics are equally fast-acting, it ended up asserting that you would get better more quickly if you took no pills at all.

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Can scientists save our sea life?

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A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

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David Luiz falls from leader figure to symbol of national humiliation

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